What Kind of “Reformation” Does Pope Francis Have in Mind?

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Vatican Files

Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Roman Catholicism

As the Pope commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, what he has in mind is an altogether different kind of reformation, i.e. a reformation that will make his church more catholic and more Roman, doubtfully more evangelical.

LEONARDO DE CHIRICO

What Kind of “Reformation” Does Pope Francis Have in Mind?


Leonardo De Chirico (1967) planted and pastored a Reformed Baptist church in Ferrara (northern Italy) from 1997 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been involved in a church planting project in Rome and is now pastor of the church Breccia di Roma…
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A moment for the Reformation – The Reformers were only human

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Hebrews 12:1-3

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12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.


We Are Sons and Daughters of the Reformation

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A few moments on the Reformation – Music to lift out hearts and minds to Jesus!

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Revelation 1

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


Martin Luther, in His Own Words

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One minute on the Reformation – Glorious music to lift the heart and mind to Jesus!

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Colossians 3

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If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.


A Ligonier Ministries sound byte:

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Forgive the image of the crucifix, a forbidden thing!

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Hermann Schweder, painter - Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley

Quote of the day – Hugh Latimer

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Psalm 119:104

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104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

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Hermann Schweder, painter - Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley


The Bishop of London, Nicholas Ridley, and Hugh Latimer were executed on the 16th of October 1555, during the blessedly brief reign of Queen Mary. During her five years as sovereign, 280 religious dissenters were burned at the stake in the “Marian persecutions” (Wiki).

This quote of Latimer’s appears in a contemporary polemic against the Christian celebration of Christmas as a ‘holy day’. (It’s never out of season to consider this issue.) Following the quote, you’ll find the opening paragraph of the article.

“When candles go up, preaching comes down.”

“In the Highlands of Scotland in the mid-twentieth century Christmas day was regarded as an ordinary working day. There was little recognition of it in the community and almost none in the Presbyterian Churches. This was the result of the Reformed heritage handed down from the 16th century Reformation, and especially from the Puritan element within it, that prevailed in England and Scotland. Some observed the day as a family occasion; others celebrated New Year’s Day, as they did with Harvest Thanksgiving, to acknowledge God’s goodness in the past and seeking his blessing on the future…”

Rev John J Murray

Candles Up, Preaching Down

Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

HT: Sherry, for bringing this article to us in a comment on her post The Curse of Using Carnal Methods for God’s Work

HT: Meg, for presenting an image of Hermann Schweder’s painting in her post TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF MANY


Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley martyred by being burnt at the stake. John Foxe's book of martyrs. 1563 edition.

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